Nice find....a very good read. Thanks.
Again these articles seem to over concentrate on the stupid MENU (or lack of it) -- If you boot straight to desktop and have your most used apps pinned to desktop (do this by opening File location and then send to desktop) or to the task bar then the menu is essentially an irrelevance -- and in any case you can get a much better menu by creating a custom toolbar rather than that huge windows 7 menu expanse - the toolbar creates an XP like menu which is far better on large screens anyway.
Booting straight to desktop, disabling the charms feature and the applications list (2nd "start screen") and the far better search are worthwhile in themselves for desktop users.
Even in W7 I hardly ever bothered with the menu.
I don't have to go to the customize mode to move or uninstall an app? All Customize does on my system is let me name the groups or move them.
You've also been posting/teaching about alternative menus to replace the Start Menu, which IMO makes sense. According to MS data, I, like you and many others, never used it only to use alternative menus and/or plaster shortcuts on the Taskbar. When that got to be looking too big, messy, and unmanageable users placed them all over the Desktop. How many Desktops have we seen this way? I don't know about anyone else, but I've seen a lot of them on many a machine.
It even got to the point where I was plastering Favorites shortcuts. I figured why should I waste a time to open a menu to open a browser, or simply open by other means, then look for the site page I wanted, when all I had to do was press one icon and poof! I was there! Lol! It got to be where there were so many icons it was difficult to see the background.
I don't mean to sound crude, but I think when people get over the fact that the Start Menu is gone for good will they make progress to look for and use alternatives. Personally I like the Start Menu/All Apps as it is by default for personal reasons, which would only be opinion and not based on fact when it comes to efficiency of use and aesthetics. The fact remains that less and less users were using the Start Menu, so therefore MS changed it. Did they use it to their advantage for a touch-centric launching platform? You betcha'. Does it work well with mouse and/or keyboard? I think it does, but that, again, would be my opinion. I have yet to see results on efficiency studies of this. Perhaps someone will point me in that direction. Until then, it is only based on opinion.
Designing the Start screen which will lead to Evolving the Start menu - Building Windows 8 - Site Home - MSDN Blogs
We’d like to share a series of blog posts on the how and why of reimagining Start. This first post talks about the history and evolution of the Start menu, and several of the problems and trends we’ve learned from you. We think it’s always important to understand where we’ve come from before we talk about where we’re headed. We’ll then have another post that dives into how we crafted the new Start screen, and then we’ll see where the discussion leads us from there.
Attempt to satisfy "desktoppers"....???
Oh, I don't think so. At best it is a rather sad attempt at sleight of hand on ms's part. It's still a turd.(tifkam) The only ones fooled are those who really really wanna be fooled. The rest of us are not fooled, not in the least.
- ~3 paragraphs were about the fake Start Menu button.
- ~11 paragraphs were about the Metro Screen.
- ~5 paragraphs were about how to:
- Boot to the desktop
- Eliminate the Charms bar and
- Eliminate the Thumbnails bar
- ~6 paragraphs were about the data mining search feature.
- ~10 paragraphs were about the Libraries.
(at least until they name me ruler of the universe, that is... at which point I shall do away with tifkam all together, and restore order to the universe...)